Leo Major is a rising junior at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica. Leo’s passion for music began with piano lessons at the age of six. He started playing alto saxophone at the age of 12 and composing in sixth grade. Leo currently studies composition with Jordan Nelson, alto saxophone and flute with Katisse Buckingham and classical piano with Dr. Ming Tsu. At Crossroads, he studies Music Theory with Mary Ann Cummins and Warren Spaeth. Leo was a named a 2018 Finalist in CINE’s Marvin Hamlisch Contest and received a Spotlight Merit Award in Jazz Performance. He plays saxophone in Evan Avery’s A-Band, which placed 3rd in the 2018 Monterey NextGen Jazz Festival’s combo division and played the 2018 Panama Jazz Festival. Leo was also a member of the Colburn School’s Big Band under Lee Secard, which placed 2nd in the NextGen festival’s big band division and received a 2018 Downbeat award. Leo has attended several summer programs and festivals including the Atlantic Music Festival, the Sunset Chamber Festival Workshop, and the Stanford Jazz institute. He is excited to return to the LA Phil’s Composer Fellowship Program for a second year.